Finally, spring is well and truly here. Birds are singing, Cherry Blossom trees are a-plenty and the sea has started to warm up ever so slightly.
It really does feel like we are coming out of a long period of hibernation, this year emphasised even more by the prolonged lockdown due to COVID. It is over a year now since I left the country, and from one who travelled hugely for work, it has been a very grounding experience. I have gotten to know Ireland a lot better than I did – what a beautiful country and what a beautiful people (I know a little biaised). Also to appreciate stability and the beauty of regularity, marked in my life each day by catching the sunrise and an early seaswim.
I have also continued to work with friends and partners in Zimbabwe, Cambodia and across the African continent taking part in some very creative collaborations online – a Women’s Empowerment and Leadership Programme bringing together women teachers from 33 African countries and am currently working with Zvandiri in Zimbabwe designing a new course for young people living with HIV on self-stigma and shame that will include The Work, meditation, music, art and games.
Feeling tired and in need of a break, I took a week off and did an eight-day gut cleanse together with a weekend worskhop in the Work (self-inquiry) – all from home of course. What a fantastic combination – learned so much about food – cutting out sugar, gluten, dairy, caffeine, alcohol (for a long time now) and moving gently from a vegetable diet, to a mono-meal, to a juice fast, all combined with a clearing out of the mind. Difficult on the first day of juicing and after that AMAZING to run clean and clear, so much energy (hear a little more about the journey). Excited that Frika and I will offer a mini version in our Mid-summer Cleanse that will focus on a mind and body cleanse online – Inquiry & Nutrition on 26 and 27 June 2021.
Following our Valentines Retreat, Grace Bell and I will offer a new 6-week online course starting on 14 May – Relationship Heaven to Hell. Those of you who know me well know that I LOVE to share this course – for anyone who is recovering from relationship break-up, separation or divorce or even people who just feel disapointed or in conflict within a relationship, join us – don’t even hesitate, it really helps.
Lastly, celebrating my joyous 19-year old daughter’s birthday last week, feeling very aware that life is being lived and the years are moving just like the clouds in the sky. Wanted to share a gift of a poem and a song that both moved me deeply this past week (below).
Leaving you with a beautiful quote I stumbled across recently from John O'Donohue, excerpt from his book, Anam Cara:
There is a beautiful complexity of growth within the human soul. In order to glimpse this, it is helpful to visualize the mind as a tower of windows. Sadly, many people remain trapped at the one window, looking out every day at the same scene in the same way. Real growth is experienced when you draw back from that one window, turn, and walk around the inner tower of the soul and see all the different windows that await your gaze. Through these different windows, you can see new vistas of possibility, presence, and creativity. Complacency, habit, and blindness often prevent you from feeling your life. So much depends on the frame of vision -- the window through which you look.
With love, Nadine xx